Charges pending in deadly crash on southern Alberta highway: RCMP

FILE: STARS air ambulance
FILE: STARS air ambulance. File / Global News

RCMP say charges are pending in a collision between an SUV and a minivan in southern Alberta on Monday that killed two people.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Highway 840 and Highway 564 in Wheatland County just before 5 p.m.

In a news release, Strathmore RCMP said the minivan was travelling eastbound on Highway 564 when it went through a stop sign at the intersection, striking a southbound SUV.

RCMP said there were seven people in the minivan and two in the SUV.

In a news release, Calgary EMS said both passengers in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is believed at least two of the patients involved were ejected from their vehicle as a result of the collision while one patient remained trapped inside their vehicle.”

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RCMP said the names of the deceased will not be released.

The seven people in the minivan were all injured; six were taken to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary and one, a man in his 20s, was airlifted to hospital by STARS air ambulance.

According to EMS, two of the injured were considered to be in serious and potentially life-threatening condition. The other five were considered to be in serious condition.

RCMP said alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the collision.